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England need to attack Aussie backline
Legend Campese outlines England's mighty task
Posted Nov 12, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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At 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon we’ll see just what England are really made of as the Wallabies run out at Twickenham aiming to inflict a similar result that neighbours New Zealand did on the English last weekend.
The Australian team endured a difficult time in the scrum against Wales last weekend but had enough quality in the backs to walk away with a 16-26 win at the Millennium Stadium, the same scoreline that the All Blacks achieved at Twickenham.
Many are saying that England should target the Aussie scrum this weekend and that will be their best route to victory – but Aussie wing legend, David Campese, disagrees and I have to say, so do I.
Campese believes England must focus on Australia’s backline if they are to win and his words make so much sense. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “That’s great,” when referring to the Wales dominance in the scrum, “but Wales beat Australia in the scrum last week and still lost. Our backline is our strength and the best thing to do is attack teams at their strength. Don’t attack their weakness because their strength is still there. If England have got a good backline they have to stand up and be counted. They can’t say ‘We have let that one go. We are better but we didn’t win’. Rugby is about winning, it is not about how good you are off the field at talking it up. It is about getting out there and performing.”
And he couldn’t be more right. If you can beat teams where they believe they are strongest then, psychologically, you have them beat.
The Aussie backs proved just how potent they can be in Wales and it was also this youthful, exuberant back line that ended a ten game losing streak against the All Blacks a few weeks ago.
England will need to be strong all over the pitch and repeat the level of performance they did against New Zealand but show a more clinical edge at the same time.
Too often the England attack failed to convert when in good positions against the All Blacks and if they repeat this against the Wallabies then expect a similar outcome.
One thing you can be sure of, as is always the case when any English and Australian teams meet in any sport, there will be fireworks, there will be entertainment and there will be drama. It really promises to be the game of the weekend and hopefully England will get the win they desire.